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Firestorm Books & Coffee

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Downtown Asheville
Cafe, Vegan
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610 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC 28806
18282558115
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Sun - Mon 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tue - Sat 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Firestorm is a worker-owned and self-managed co-operative in Asheville...
Firestorm is a worker-owned and self-managed co-operative in Asheville, NC. Our bookstore features a unique blend of off-beat, underground and independently published materials while our in-house cafe serves up an extensive selection of organic and fairly-traded espressos and teas, complimented by delicious snacks made locally.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Just Great - Vegan and Vegetarian Friendly

This place is simply great. The coffee / espresso and drinks are really delicious. The counter-culture book selection can't be found in one location anywhere. If you're in Asheville, enjoy quality coffee and want to support unique, local business - don't miss this stop. Try the Vanilla... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 6, 2013
Brendan1969
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Denton, Texas
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Denton, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

This place is simply great. The coffee / espresso and drinks are really delicious. The counter-culture book selection can't be found in one location anywhere. If you're in Asheville, enjoy quality coffee and want to support unique, local business - don't miss this stop. Try the Vanilla Affogato; double espresso with locally made vegan vanilla ice cream - yummy! The... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013 via mobile

Laid back and with a little grit. I get the feeling it operates like so many coops from back in the day...sometimes well and sometimes frustrating. This Friday morning it was a bit slow but worked for me. Cinnamon Cubano took a while but was well done. Bagel with cream cheese was hot and fresh although halfway through I remembered... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

Finding this place can be a challenge. It is around the back and underneath the Thirsty Monk which is on the corner of Patton Ave and Asheland Ave. They have alot going there best to check just to be sure.

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Greeneville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

This location is great. There is some parking in the back, a little in the front (free after 7pm), and there is a hilarious mix of people coming in and out the doors. If you like co-ops, worker collectives, political lit/signage, strange birds, cafe food, being a veg*n, or (like me) all of the above, this is an amazing place... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

If you're into progress, meeting amazing people, and an overall good vibe, this is the bookstore/cafe for you! They have an incredible selection of books, and all sorts of unique events taking place. Definitely worth a visit on a lazy afternoon!

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Asheville, NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

This small establishment is interesting in many respects: It is owned and operated by the workers, offers a glimpse of Asheville's bohemian side, serves vegan food, and has an unusual collection of socially conscious books. The brewed coffee and teas are excellent. Fortunately for us, Firestorm is open until 10 PM. We visited on a Saturday evening when we could... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

If you want a taste of Asheville's locals scene with vegan food and good coffee, Firestorm is the place. They always have some sort of local unique event going on in their back room, staff is always nice, and they have an interesting selection of books. Sometimes the customers can be a little, say, eccentric, but that's all part of... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

great independent bookstore with a cafe (plus community space at the back for local lectures or music). internet connections. cafe serves local food - from sandwiches to truffles. staff is friendly.

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Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

I've been here twice, the first time I got food which was okay, but several bugs were crawling all around my table which made it very unappetizing. The interior is shabby and honestly, I'm not sure about the hygiene of everyone. Saw several homeless people just hanging out in there. Asked the two guys behind the counter for a manager... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

This is a very nice small bookstore. It has a great vibe. It is definitely a place you can just hang out in if you needed to take a break or kill time. They also have a nice cafe with gluten free pastries, which I appreciated as someone who is very allergic to gluten. It is also a worker owned... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 610 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC 28806
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Asheville>  > Downtown Asheville
  • Neighborhood: Downtown Asheville
  • Phone Number: 18282558115

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: Cafe, Vegan

Description

Firestorm is a worker-owned and self-managed co-operative in Asheville, NC. Our bookstore features a unique blend of off-beat, underground and independently published materials while our in-house cafe serves up an extensive selection of organic and fairly-traded espressos and teas, complimented by delicious snacks made locally.
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?